burger-2As our last hurrah of meat eating before we say “farewell to flesh” and Carnival season turns to Lent, let’s indulge in a big juicy burger.  The number of burger joints in New Orleans is growing exponentially these days.  Some local joints and some franchise places, but all of them are quite yummy.

For the purest, meaning locally sourced-grass fed-organic beef, you must check out The Company Burger on Freret Street.  They butcher, grind and hand patty all of their burgers, singles and lamb and they server the classic american cheeseburger – just delicious.  The house-made bread and butter pickles plus house-made mayo’s are the little extras that put this local joint over the top.

The newest burger joint to hit New Orleans is Phil’s Grill on Camp Street in the CBD.  This is Phil’s third location.  Phil’s is a family owned restaurant and they are great philanthropists in the community.  But that’s not what makes them so good.  Phil is a burger-lover, and he is committed to letting everyone enjoy their burger their way.  Hence, Phil’s motto…”the best burger you ever built.”  They offer a vary broad selection of toppings, sauces, cheeses etc.  Phil says you can eat here every day for the rest of your life and never have the same combination on your burger.  With the new location on Camp Street, you can visit Phil and his wife both Uptown and Downtown.

Now I would be remiss if I did not mention the world famous Port of Call restaurant on Esplanade Avenue.  A New Orleans landmark since 1963 – that’s right – fifty years of serving mouth watering burgers (and steaks)!!!  It’s not just a restaurant, it’s a destination.  Now in my family, we don’t go just for the burgers, we go for the whiskey sours too.  Be careful though.  After one Port of Call outing, my sister left with a whiskey sour to-go and ended up ….well, the story is too long to tell, but we still get a good laugh out of it.

For the high-end burger, check out Chef John Besh’s American Sector located in the WWII Museum. This place is always jumpin’ plus they have great happy hours serving sliders and meat pies.

On this list of best burgers in New Orleans is the exotic Cowbell on Oak Street, waaayyyy Uptown. “In the olden times, ranchers adorned their cows with custom bells to identify them as they ate their way through the open range. The mellifluous ring of the cowbell reminds the rancher to bring those delicious meats to us, so that we can serve them to you in the Riverbend. Cowbell in New Orleans is where you can find food. Handmade. Simple. Delicious.” So as you may have guessed by their blurb above, their beef is grass fed, organic, and delicious.

TruBurger, also on Oak Street, serves Creekstone house ground beef (same source as The Company Burger). A simple place for classic American fare: burger, fries, and a shake.

Two new franchise burger joints in town include Smashburger – really a fast food joint, and Five Guys with fries now open on N. Carrollton.

So get out and about for a juicy burger before we start exploring the fresh fish bounty of South Louisiana.

Every thing lovely,


Out and About is a weekly blog by Leslie Compton of Every Thing Lovely, a special event and creative consulting team, and is sponsored by Key to NOLA Properties, a full service real estate brokerage firm specializing in furnished rental properties in New Orleans, Key to NOLA Properties and Every Thing Lovely have joined forces to provide a full array of services for travelers’ ( and locals’) personal and professional needs while in the Crescent City.